Form NC:

New Course Proposal






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I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).


IS 3201H. Ideas of Order in the Medieval World. (Hist; 2 cr; prereq participation in the Honors program or #)

An examination of ways of constructing and perceiving order in the Middle Ages, primarily from scientific, literary, and historical perspectives. Topics will include ideas of universal and natural order, moral/spiritual order, religious order, social order, and artistic order.


II. Rationale (see instructions):

The course was offered provisionally to great success. It offers a juxtaposition of perspectives--scientific, literary, artistic, and historical--not found in any other course on campus, and a chance for honors students to work together in a seminar environment. Student interest in the Middle Ages is attested by full (and overflowing) enrollments in existing medieval classes in several disciplines.


III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Offered when feasible

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

James Togeas, Anna Dronzek, Janet Schrunk Ericksen

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):



Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.



The course seeks to promote an interdisciplinary perspective on the Middle Ages, specifically on ideas of universal, religious, and social order. By reading about, discussing, and completing various projects on subjects such as cosmology, medieval romance, and feudal order (this is a just a sample), students should be able to make connections that will both help them to understand the period better and serve as a sophisticated grounding for subsequent study of the period in any discipline and/or for understanding of a single subject’s history .

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?



Classroom discussion and written assignments.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.

The inter-relation of topics, the seminar format, and the various projects required will encourage students to explore connections that they might not otherwise make or would largely have to make on their own if they approached each topic independently.